Published by Swoon Reads on March 14th 2017
When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.
Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
Queens of Geek is an adorable, diverse and incredibly perfect read. It centers on a group of friends attending SupaCon (sort of like ComicCon…or BEA/BookCon) for the first time. The author captured the chaos and overall craziness of a big convention really well, and made the characters’ excitement palpable.
The story is told through the POV of Charlie (a Chinese-Australian bi girl with pink hair) and Taylor (fangirl extraordinaire who is autistic). The third member of the group is Jamie who is ever so swoon-worthy, sweet, kind and totally worthy of being anyone’s “book-boyfriend”. Even the supporting characters (with the exception of Reese…who I loathe) were totally awesome.
If you love pop culture, multiple fandoms, and cosplay you will LOVE this book. It is brimming over with pop cultural reference from Vampire Diaries to Felicia Day to even the GodFather. I wanted to jump into its pages and join in on all the fun of the story.
One of the great things about Queens of Geek is that Charlie’s sexuality isn’t just hinted at. The author actually writes about it, and makes it known. Charlie and Alyssa relationship is super cute. It is obvious how perfect they are for one another. It might seem a bit INSTA-LOVE, but I didn’t mind it one bit. Besides their adorable/awkward flirting, they are both very supportive to each other and I thought that was great.
Charlie and Taylor’s friendship is also another fabulous thing about this book. They each have their own issues and problems to deal with, but they are always there for one another no matter what. We need more books about girls being supportive of each other and standing up for one another.
Another favorite part of this book is watching the absurdly cute awkwardness between Jamie and Taylor as they discover how to go from friends to something more (and still remain friends).
Though this story is light, fun and super geeky, there are some major topics addressed (and addressed beautifully) in this book, such as positive body image, bisexuality, anxiety, sexism, friendship. When you finish reading Queens of Geek you are left with a sense of empowerment. It might even open your eyes about a few things and teach you something. All of this is done without sounding “preachy” or forced.
“Anxiety isn’t an attack that explodes out of me; it’s not a volcano that lies dormant until it’s triggered by an earth-shattering event. It’s a constant companion. Like a blow fly that gets into the house in the middle of summer, flying around and around. You can hear it buzzing, but you can’t see it, can’t capture it, can’t let it out.”
“He’s all for equality, but he doesn’t even believe bisexuality exists.” She rubbed her fingers over the space between her eyebrows like she had a headache. “You can’t pick and choose whose equality you support. That’s not equality.”
Queens of Geek is a fun, and quirky read. From beginning to end, this book was able to capture all the awesome, nerdy, geeky things I love into one fabulous story. I could not help falling in love with the story, characters and pretty much everything about it (especially that gorgeous cover).
Jen Wilde is on my list of new authors I love, and I’m looking forward to her next book. Make sure to pick up a copy of Queens of Geek, make some tea and find a comfy place to read this charming book in one sitting.
Thank you SwoonReads for providing me with and ARC in exchange for an honest review.